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Monday, August 21, 2017

Attractions and things to do in Warwick

Thinking about what to do in Warwick? You have come to the right place. I have put together a list of things to see and do in Warwick and I hope that it helps you to create some beautiful memories while in Warwick.

Begin your visit to Warwick by popping into the Visitor Information Centre located in the Court House right in the centre of town. The staff at the Visitor Information Centre are very friendly and they offer advice on places to visit, local transport and even best places to grab a meal! The centre offers a number of free maps and leaflets on Warwick and the surrounding area. Also located in the Court House building is the Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum, well worth a visit especially if you love history.

Visitor Information Centre in Warwick



Undoubtedly one of the most visited attractions in Warwick is the Warwick Castle. The medieval castle situated on a bend of the River Avon is a very nice day out venue. The well-preserved castle has a nice collection of antiquities, a new Horrible Histories Maze, a Birds of Prey Show and a 50 minute Castle Dungeon walkthrough experience among other things. You can also stay at the castle either in themed Woodland Lodges or in Mediaeval Glamping tents. In addition to all the activities and shows, there is plenty of open space for kids to run about and have fun! So in short, a fun day for the entire family.

Warwick Castle


St Mary's Church in Warwick is a magnificent church that dominates the town's skyline. Set in the town centre, the church is as much a tourist attraction as it is a historical landmark. Entry to the church is free but there is a £3 (per adult) charge for climbing up the St Mary’s Tower. Views from the top of the 134-foot tower are said to be stunning.

St Mary's Church in Warwick


Warwick also has a few local museums. I would recommend the Market Hall museum and Lord Leycester Hospital. The Market Hall museum has some really interesting exhibits and tells the story of Warwickshire. The museum underwent a refurbishment earlier this year and now has a cafe on-site as well. Some of the popular attractions in the museum include a working bee hive and a 16th Century tapestry map of the county (Sheldon Tapestry Map) and a giant Irish deer.

The Market Hall museum in Warwick


Lord Leycester Hospital - Located on Warwick High Street, Lord Leycester Hospital with its timber-framed buildings is like a slice of history. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I these buildings became a place of retirement for soldiers who had fought in wars. Today ex-servicemen still reside here and you will see them during your visit. Known as the Brethren, the service veterans explain the history of the 'hospital' at the start of your visit. You are then handed an informative pamphlet and you can wander around at your own pace exploring the place. In addition to the buildings, you can explore the gardens, including the Master’s Garden and the lovely Knot Garden. Lord Leycester Hospital is quite an interesting place more so if you are a history buff.

Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick

Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick

Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick

Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick

Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick


Warwick has lots of green spaces as well. So, if you love spending time outdoors then Warwick has a number of options. St. Nicholas' Park is a great place for a family day out, whether it is for picnics or simply a lovely walk. The park has a play area, mini-golf facilities, an outdoor pool, boat hire facilities and a fun park with some amusements and games. Another lovely option is the Mill Street Garden which is located just a short walk from the Warwick Castle. The setting of the garden is beautiful and it offers amazing views of the river Avon and the castle. You can easily spend a couple of hours here exploring and enjoying the wonderful variety of plants and flowers.

Located near the Warwick racecourse, is yet another lovely garden - Hill Close Gardens. There are around 16 gardens including some summer houses. Hill Close Gardens is an excellent example of beautifully reconstructed and restored Victorian pleasure gardens. Well worth a visit if you are in Warwick.

Hill Close Gardens in Warwick


Although not in Warwick, another addition to my list is Charlecote Park. It is around 15 minutes from Warwick and one of National Trust's well presented and popular properties. There is lots to see and do ( a lovely riverside setting for picnics, deer park, wonderful gardens and a lovely building to explore) at Charlecote Park making it a fabulous place to unwind and relax.

Charlecote Park


Coming back to Warwick, other attractions include Warwick Racecourse, St John's House (houses two museums) and Saltisford Canal Centre (day boats can be hired here). Once you are done with the sightseeing, you can go shopping! Warwick has a lovely mix of independent businesses and boutique shops. Go shopping around Smith Street and Swan Street and you will find pretty much everything you can imagine.

Warwick

Warwick


Whether you are visiting Warwick for the first time or the umpteenth time, there are lots of wonderful places to explore and so much to do in this lovely town of Warwick. I hope this guide helps you plan your visit to this historic town.

If you need more information on places to visit, eating out or accommodation options in Warwickshire, visit www.shakespeares-england.co.uk Shakespeare's England is the official destination management organisation for Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth & Warwickshire.

Warwick


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21 comments :

  1. I would love to pay a visit to Warwick - it looks so scenic, especially s Charlecote Park!

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  2. I've been to Warwick Castle and really enjoyed it, but had not realised that there were so many other things to see in Warwick.

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  3. I would love to go there with my family as it looks like a lovely place to explore

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  4. never been there but it looks really good thanks for sharing x

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  5. Some lovely photos there, I've not been to Warwick for years, but feel like a visit after reading this.

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  6. I have never been but it looks lovely!

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  7. Lovely photos. When the children were young we often used to head to St Nick's park for a fab cheap day out. Charlecote Park has been on my to-visit list for yonks, thanks for the reminder.

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  8. It looks so lovely. Thanks for the sharing!

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  9. This is on my bucket list of places to visit in the UK

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  10. We did love to go here. Looks great

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  11. Never been to Warwick but its looks a nice place to visit

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  12. I've always wanted to visit Warwick, but haven't had the time yet, now I'm gonna motivate myself, thanks for the tips xx

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  13. It's a while since we have been to Warwick but this has inspired me to visit.

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  14. Looks a really interesting enjoyable visit, do like those timbered buildings.

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  15. Such a beautiful city. We stopped here a few years ago for a rest stop while on a coach trip and would have loved to have stayed longer.

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  16. It looks so lovely, would love to take trip there

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  17. This looks such a lovely place to visit, I love places that feel like you're stepping into the past, too many towns and cities have none of their original buildings left

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  18. It looks a great place to visit

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  19. I went to Warwick University (a few years ago now...) and had no idea there was so much to see in Warwick itself. Time for a return visit with the children I think!

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